• Escorted Tour

Return to Cuba

Cubans love their music, rum and cigars and of course their 50s American cars. They have a rich heritage of a modern Afro-Hispanic culture and when combined with colonial architecture, mojitos, sandy beaches and sugar cane, you find a tour with a difference. This tour is a journey back in time amongst warm and expressive people.

Now is the best time to travel to this country where the inevitable change is happening and will continue to accelerate. 

  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Havana- Cuba
  • Cuba
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Camaguey Local

Your travel itinerary

Saturday 21 April

Auckland – Houston – Mexico City

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Afternoon departure on Air New Zealand, arriving in Houston the same day. Change planes and continue to Mexico City arriving late-afternoon. Transfer to centrally-located hotel with time to relax before a Welcome Dinner.

Sunday 22 April

Mexico City

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Today our Mexico City tour includes the Pyramids of Teotihuacan – a mammoth pyramid of the sun and the moon that highlights one of the largest pre-Columbian cities in the Americas. Lunch near the pyramids at own expense.

Monday 23 April

Mexico - Havana (Cuba)

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A morning flight to Havana and transfer to our hotel for a two night stay.

Tuesday 24 April

Havana

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Enjoy a full day tour of old and modern Havana; walking the main squares and streets of Old Havana.  Visit two panoramic viewpoints with extensive views of Malecon and Revolution Square.  After lunch visit the Revolution Museum.

Wednesday 25 April

Havana – Cienfuegos

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Morning departure for Cienfuegos, another city on the World Heritage list. We travel the southern coast, known as ‘La Perla del Sur’ (Pearl of the South). In April 1961 the area was witness to the failed US-led invasion at the Bay of Pigs.  We arrive late afternoon for a one night stay. 

Thursday 26 April

Cienfuegos - Trinidad

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This morning we travel to Santa Clara where you will see statues honouring Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and the heroic efforts of the revolutionaries. Later visit Che Guevara Museum, the Armoured Train and Vidal Park. Continue on to the World Heritage city of Trinidad where we will experience a special two-night Cosa (home stay). Cosa standards will vary between homes.

Friday 27 April

Trinidad

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Our city tour takes in the Romantic Museum and Canchanchara Bar, the market and the streets of Old Trinidad. Lunch is included with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Saturday 28 April

Trinidad – Camaquey

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Morning drive to Camaguey visiting the Manaca Iznaga Sugar Valley and lunch along the way. Arrive for a one night stay.

Sunday 29 April

Camaquey – Bayamo

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Experience a morning cycle taxi ride around the city before travelling by coach to Bayamo City, the second Spanish settlement in Cuba, via the Sierra Maestra mountain range, the highest in Cuba. The historical significance of the mountains dates back from 1511 to the present day. 

Monday 30 April

Bayamo – Baracoa

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Following breakfast, today’s journey reinforces the state of rural Cuba, now struggling to change from communal farming to a more liberal operation. Continue to the coastal town of Baracoa – often mentioned but seldom visited. Visit Castro’s birthplace along the way.

Tuesday 01 May

Baracoa

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Surrounded by the Atlantic, rivers, mountains and forests, Baraco is largely isolated, one of its main attractions. Its diversity includes the distinct flat-topped mountain El Yunque, a vibrant cultural scene and music.

We attend a special 1st of May Parade (Cuba’s International Labour Day) and then enjoy a city tour and visit the local rainforests with its rare and endangered species.

Baracoa’s unique changűi music is everywhere as is the popular Creole dance – Tumba Francesa. 

Wednesday 02 May

Baracoa - Santiago de Cuba

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Today we travel to Santiago de Cuba. The road is known as ‘La Farola’ and on the way we can try ‘cucurucho’ – a delicious mixture of coconut, honey, mango and banana wrapped in a palm frond. Santiago de Cuba, considered the capital of the eastern side of the island and known as the cradle of the Revolution, for it is from this province that Castro began the struggle against the Bastista regime.

Thursday 03 May

Santiago de Cuba

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After breakfast depart on a city tour. Santiago is the home of traditional son rhythms which gave birth to salsa music.  The tour includes Cespedes Park, San Pedro de la Roca, and Moncadas Garrison.   Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

Friday 04 May

Santiago de Cuba – Havana

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An early morning flight to Havana, arriving late morning. Remainder of day free.

Saturday 05 May

Havana

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This morning a tour ‘under the water,’ El Morro, La Cabaña and El Christo. Lunch at a waterfront restaurant. Rest of the day free. Farewell Dinner at a well-known Old Havana restaurant.

Sunday 06 May

Havana – Miami – Houston

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Depart Havana for a midday flight to Houston via Miami. Transfer to hotel for a one night stay.

Monday 07 May

Houston

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Today visit and experience the renowned NASA Johnson Space Centre, the hub of human space flight activity for more than 50 years. This will be an extremely fascinating experience.  

Tuesday 08 May

Houston – Auckland

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Morning free before transferring to the airport for an Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.

Thursday 10 May

Arrive Auckland

Early morning arrival into Auckland.

Optional Extension

Optional Extension

Why not extend your stay with extra nights in Houston, Miami or New Orleans?

Please ask us for available options 

Inclusions

  • Economy air flights Auckland – Houston – Mexico City – Havana // Havana – Miami – Houston - Auckland
  • Internal airflight Santiago de Cuba - Havana
  • 16 nights’ accommodation with private facilities
  • Two night home stay in Trinidad (standards may vary)
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • Air conditioned luxury coach adapted to Cuban conditions
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • English speaking local guides
  • Escort (subject to 15 people travelling)

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $8858  $10,083
Business Class Upgrade (Air New Zealand Only) $8,747
Premium Economy Class Upgrade (Air New Zealand Only) $2,869
Early Booking Discount ( 01/12/2017 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for Drivers and Guides in Cuba
  • Travel Insurance – please ask us for a quote
  • Tourist Card for Cuba is required for all passport holders (NZ$100)
  • USA ESTA (USD14)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person will secure a place on this tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 23 February 2018

Cancellations and Refunds

  • Up until 23 February 2018 – loss of deposit
  • After 23 February 2018 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

Documentation

  • A current New Zealand passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
  • An ESTA Visa Waiver is required before departure for the US (USD14)
  • A Tourist Card for Cuba is required for all passport holders (NZ$100)
  • All other passport holders please ask

Health and Fitness

A good standard of health and fitness is required as walking and standing are an important part of this itinerary. The ability to walk at least 500 metres unaided on uneven surfaces and negotiate flights of stairs is essential.


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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